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(1988)

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Actress Gina Gershon stated in a podcast Interview that during their bed scene, Tom Cruise, knew she was extremely ticklish, and tickled her so hard, they both fell off the bed. It was, in fact, this take that production used for the movie.
The term for Brian Flanagan's (Tom Cruise's) and Doug Coughlin's (Bryan Brown's) acrobatic bartending skills is "flair bartending". John Bandy, a flair bartender, trained Tom Cruise for the film.
The correct name for the plastic bit on the end of shoelaces is an "aglet" not a "flugelbinder". The latter term was made-up for the movie.
The boxing fight match shown on television, upon which Doug Coughlin (Bryan Brown) has a fifty dollar bet, is a heavyweight bout between George Foreman and Ken Norton.
This film is listed among The 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson's book THE OFFICIAL RAZZIE® MOVIE GUIDE.
Jim Carrey and Charlie Sheen were considered for the role of Brian Flanagan, which in the end was cast with Tom Cruise.
Jennifer Grey, Demi Moore, Ally Sheedy, Jodie Foster, Daryl Hannah, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Jennifer Jason Leigh were all considered for the role of Jordan Mooney, which in the end was cast with Elisabeth Shue.
Elisabeth Shue's brother Andrew Shue can be seen briefly in the background during the wedding reception scene.
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Robin Williams was considered for the role of Brian Flanagan. Williams had previously starred in Club Paradise (1986).
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The man seen twice in Jamaica sitting at the bar while Tom Cruise is tending is James Eckhouse, who is known for playing the father of Brenda and Brandon, on Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990).
In Bret Easton Ellis' novel American Psycho (1991) (filmed as American Psycho (2000)), the lead central character of Patrick Bateman catches and elevator with movie star Tom Cruise, and commends him on his performance in the movie "Bartender", with Cruise correcting him by stating the picture's name is actually Cocktail (1988).
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The film was made and released four years after its source novel of the same name by Heywood Gould. Gould also penned the screenplay for this movie.
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The movie's popular song "Kokomo" by The Beach Boys was Golden Globe nominated in 1989 for Best Original Song - Motion Picture, but lost out to the tie between "Two Hearts" from Buster (1988) and "Let the River Run" from Working Girl (1988).
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According to the The 80s Movies Rewind website, "Tom Cruise was married to Mimi Rogers at the time, and it was rumored that they fought off-set constantly".
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The movie's Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album went to the number one spot on the Canadian Albums Chart and the Australian Albums Chart; the number two spot on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 Chart and the New Zealand Album Charts; the number three spot on the Swiss, Austrian, and Swedish Album Charts, and peaked at the number four spot on the German Albums Chart.
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Heather Graham was offered the role of Jordan Mooney, but declined due to scheduling conflicts with License To Drive (1988).
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On the Gold Coast (a.k.a. Surfers Paradise) in Queensland, Australia, there is a real life multi-level night-club called "Cocktails and Dreams", which was named after the one in the movie. The picture's co-star, Bryan Brown, is from Australia. The later television comedy Cocktails & Dreams (2015), starred three actors from Cocktail (1988), they being Brown, Lisa Banes, and Gina Gershon, who played the characters of The Australian Guy, The Art Lady, and Girl Number One, respectively, their names all reflective in some way of their characters in Cocktail (1988). Cocktails & Dreams (2015) was made, and first broadcast twenty-seven years after Cocktail (1988).
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Keanu Reeves, John Travolta , Rob Lowe, Tom Hanks , Steve Guttenberg, Bill Murray, and Jeff Bridges were considered for the role of Brian Flanagan.
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Molly Ringwald turned down the role of Jordan Mooney.
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Heywood Gould's source novel and screenplay adaptation was "inspired by some years as a New York bartender" according to show-business trade paper 'Variety'.
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The movie was nominated for four Golden Raspberry Awards including Tom Cruise for Worst Actor and Roger Donaldson for Worst Director. The film in the end won two Razzies, for Worst Picture and for Worst Screenplay.
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The names of various night-spots, cocktail bars, and hospitality venues featured in the movie included "Jerry's", "Cell Block", "Hysteria", "Kats Place", and "Flanagan's" and/or "Cocktails and Dreams" a.k.a. "Flanagan's Cocktails & Dreams".
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One of two 1988 theatrical feature films starring actress Gina Gershon. The cinema movies are Cocktail (1988) and Red Heat (1988). There actually exists a "Red Heat" cocktail. The Belvedere Red Heat Cocktail comprises 45ml or 1.5 oz of Belvedere Red Vodka and 45ml or 1.5 oz of Pomegranate Juice, which are both then topped with Fever-Tree Ginger Ale. The cocktail is built in highball and garnished with a lime wedge.
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Only about 24 minutes of the movie's standard 104 minute running time is actually set in the exotic Carribean vacation location of Jamaica, for which the picture is famous, particularly from the film's popular "Kokomo" song track music-video tie-in by The Beach Boys. Approximately eighty minutes of the movie is set in New York City's Upper East Side of Manhattan.
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When they are playing basketball, Doug Coughlin (Bryan Brown) asks Brian Flanagan (Tom Cruise) about his girlfriend, and Brian tells him that her name is Coral (Gina Gershon), among other things. In a scene before this one, the three (Doug, Brian, and Coral) are sitting in the kitchen of the apartment where Brian lives.
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Elisabeth Shue would go on to feature in another alcohol related movie seven years later, when she would be co-starred alongside Nicolas Cage in Leaving Las Vegas (1995), for which Shue would be both Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
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In the "Excellence in Broadcasting" episode of Family Guy (1999) (See: Family Guy: Excellence in Broadcasting (2010)), Brian said this movie is pretty good. Lois said then 'he's making her sick'.
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Ted McGinley was considered for the role of Brian Flanagan.
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"Originally all the bottle tossing that was done in the film, was not scripted but in fact done last minute because the actors wanted to 'feel like real bartenders'" according to the The 80s Movies Rewind website.
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Tom Cruise's Brian Flanagan character, has the same first name phonetically as co-star Bryan Brown, who played Doug Coughlin, the pair of actors portraying best friends in the picture.
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The nickname of Douglas Coughlin (Bryan Brown) was Doug.
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The name of the Coughlin's luxury yacht sea vessel was "Kerry's Dream" named after Doug Coughlin's (Bryan Brown)'s wife Kerry Coughlin (Kelly Lynch).
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Gerry Bamman, who plays a tourist who asks about a "free drink" in this film, is similar to the character Uncle Frank in Home Alone (1990), asking if the champagne on the plane is free.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The number of conquests of romantic liaisons that cocky bartender Brian Flanagan (Tom Cruise) has in the movie totalled to three. These are Coral (Gina Gershon), Bonnie (Lisa Banes), and Jordan Mooney (Elisabeth Shue).
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